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Top 5 Books on Deck Design

Books to Help You Plan and Build Your New Deck

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Hit the deck with these handy how-to building guides. Packed with photos, drawings, and construction plans, they'll help you design an outdoor deck that extends your living space into your garden and also harmonizes with the architecture of your home.

1. Building a Deck

Building a Deck by Scott Schuttner (book cover)
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Author: Scott Schuttner
Published: 2002, Taunton Press

Without a doubt, this is the top deck-building book that seems to be always first on the DIYer's list. Part of the Taunton Press series "Build Like a Pro," this book does what its cover says: Expert Advice from Start to Finish. Look for a newer version to come out, however, as this 2002 edition is a bit dated. For a how-to construction book, it's still the best.

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2. Deck Ideas that Work

Deck Ideas that Work by Peter Jeswald (book cover)
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Author: Peter Jeswald
Published: 2012, Taunton Press

Another book by Taunton, author Peter Jeswald is focussed on design. It's filled with the pictures and considerations to get you going as you plan your deck. If the Schuttner book (above) is about construction, Jeswald's book is about architecture and design.
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3. Deck Designs: Great Design Ideas from Top Deck Designers

Deck Designs: Great Design Ideas from Top Deck Designers by Steve Cory (book cover)
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Author: Steve Cory
Published: 2009, Creative Homeowner

"Start by doing what all the best architects do," says author Steve Cory: "steal ideas." This is a book of design ideas to help you decide what kind of deck you want and need.

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4. Ideas for Great Patios & Decks

Ideas for Great Patios & Decks, Sunset book cover
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Author: Scott Atkinson and the Editors of Sunset Books
Published: 2006, Oxmoor House

Sunset books have been around since 1946, accommodating the dreamers of the post-WWII building boom. This may not be the best book on this list, but any Baby Boomer will remember the funky Western Sunset typography and sigh at remembering a book just like this one being read by your parents in the den as they dreamed about their 1950s deck addition.

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5. The Deck Book: Inspirational Design Ideas

The Deck Book: Inspirational Design Ideas by Melissa Cardona (book cover)
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Author: Melissa Cardona
Published: 2007, Schiffer Publishing

Need more inspiration? Here's another idea book with beautiful photos. If you're still undecided about your new or remodeled deck after browsing these pictures, maybe you're looking for a different type of outdoor design, like a brick patio, a gazebo, or a pergola.

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